Flipping by default
Help, help!! We bought a house while still living in the one we've been in since '86. Our initial enthusiasm has been dimmed (it's gone out) by the realization that 1) the house is bigger than we needed - or wanted - (4 br/2ba + living room, office and family room), 2) it needs way more work and money that we initially thought, 3) it has a huge pool (what **were** we thinking?!) and 4) not enough yard for our dogs and cats.
[Sidebar: If your realtor advises you to skip the home inspection, get another realtor! I can't believe she did this to us.]
The house was built in '66 and is a solid house with popular features of that era, e.g., slump block, low roof line, vinyl tile everywhere (covered later with 'sculptured' pile carpet), 4" tile tub and shower surrounds, underwhelming U-shaped kitchen with wall oven and cooktop, etc. etc..
We've taken up all the flooring; it's down to cement presently. The old black tile adhesive amazingly comes up with Citristrip degreaser.
I really need to save the filthy, grimy cabinets as new ones will blow up our small budget. The same Citristrip stuff seems to be doing the trick. My plan is to paint them. Inside and out.
I will be taking photos along the way for your consideration. Meantime, if you've been in this situation - needing champagne, having money for beer - please do pass along your recommendations. Where can I save most? What should I skip?
I have found so much good information on this forum, I can't believe I didn't find it long ago!
Thanks for any and all advice.